Activists Sue LAPD After Wheelchair-Bound Homeless Man Allegedly Shot in Eye with Rubber Bullets

Rebekah Sager
June 06, 2020 - 5:52 am

A group of homeless and criminal justice activists have banned together to file a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police department for excessive force over their handling of protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd. 

The suit, filed by the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Black Lives Matter, and the Los Angeles Community Action Network alleges that LAPD violated protesters' rights to assemble, shot a homeless man in the eye with rubber bullets, and held demonstrators for up to 12 hours for claims of violating curfews. 

The gruesome image of a man in a wheelchair after being shot in the eye went viral on social media. 

The Los Angeles Police Department says it is aware of the images on social media and is now investigating.

"We cannot speculate on what caused this individual's injury without further investigation," it said, according to CBS radio host David Benaud.